Four J-20 stealth fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLA-AF) flew over the Zhuhai Jinwan Airport yesterday in preparation for Airshow China 2018 next week signaling increased deployment of the fifth generation jets believed to be a competition for the US-made F-22.
Two J-20 formations, each consisting of two fighter jets, made a low pass near the airport, after which one of them put on a solo aerobatics performance. The fighter jets soon left without landing at the airport, Chinese media reported.
The flight of the J-20's over the airshow venue, despite the aircraft missing from the list of participating airplanes released by the air show's organizer on Saturday, indicates they make a ‘surprise appearance,’ at the show, state-controlled Global Times newspaper reported Tuesday.
In the previous air show two years ago, the J-20 made its debut with a flyby exhibition for less than a minute at the opening ceremony. This time around the J-20s may conduct low passes in formation and solo aerobatics performances like it did on Tuesday, the newspaper speculated.
China is pitching Airshow China as a display of its aviation manufacturing prowess as well as to attract potential buyers. In the past, China has ruled out the sale of the J-20 and J-31, said to be its answer to the American F-22 and F-35 stealth jets. However, prominent presence at Airshow China of these two aircraft would indicate a potential sales pitch, especially of the J-31 whose US competitor the F-35 has bagged over 250 orders in the US and among its close allies.
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China's J-20 stealth fighter jets may have shadowed US-made top secret F-22 fighter jets during their exercise with South Korean Air Force last week. Speculation is rife that the J-20s may have entered South Korean airspace undetected at a time when Seoul's air defences should be been on full alert as the joint exercise, meant to intimidate North Korea, were underway
China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service by its air force, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday. The flight tests are being conducted as scheduled, Wu said at a press conference, People's Daily reported
China, for the first time displayed two home-grown J-20 fighter aircraft with their missile bays open, each showcasing six missiles on the last day of Zhuhai Airshow 2018 on Sunday. Of the six missiles, four of them in the J-20s belly are long-range air-to-air missiles, while the other two on the sides are short-range missiles intended for dogfights, Song Zhongping, a military expert was quoted as saying by
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